Bands and Performing Groups: Klezmer, Jewish, and Related or Derivative musics
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Klezmer Bands, "J"
Jaffa Road is a Jewish /roots /world music band. We released our debut CD in March 2009 and it hit #1 on the local college radio charts. Please check us out. Web: www.jaffaroad.com. Myspace: www.myspace.com/jaffaroad. E-mail Jaffa Road. (Aaron Lightstone)
The Java Jews is a 6-12 person ensemble that plays highly-caffeinated klezmer music. Led by Abe Goldstien (accordion) and Mark Finkelstein (trumpet), the remainder of the band includes some of Des Moines' Iowa's finest jazz players. Hence, highly- caffeinated klezmer. In addition to popular klezmer tunes, we also perform klezmer covers of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Thelonius Monk. We play at area coffee houses and temples and have played a few bar mitzvahs in the area. Tel: 515-279-6452. E-mail Java Jews. (Abe Goldstien)
Jazmer, Chicago, IL. A band that performs vocal and instrumental Jewish music, such as klezmer, Yiddish, Hebrew and Sephardic. Some of our musical arrangements also have some jazz influences bridging the Old World with the New. We play for parties, festival and concerts. Some Israel dance leading is also offered upon request. Contact: Shirlee Todd at 847-433-2842. Web: jazmerband.com/. E-mail Jazmer. (Shirlee Todd)
Classical and smooth jazz, swing, Broadway showtunes, joyous klezmer, popular European and American melodies, sparkling Latina are all in the repertoire of the JazzMates, Boston, MA. Tel: (617) 975-0045. Web: www.jazzmates.com. E-mail JazzMates. (Roman Primak)
Jerusalem Express Klezmer Orchestra is now known as Klezmerissimo
The Jerusalem Jazz Band is an almighty mix of Dixieland and Jewish mix by way of the former Soviet Union. I am aware of one album, Songs My Father Played. You can also reach them directly: Aaron Chankin, Manager, The Jerusalem Jazz Band, P.O. Box 9733, Jerusalem 91090 ISRAEL. E-mail Aaron Chankin.
Jewbilee, based in Sno/King counties, Seattle, WA, plays traditional Jewish music in a nontraditional form. We play it as swing, jazz, rock, and Jewgrass. This isn't your Bubbe's klezmer. Tel: 360-794-3815. Web: www.facebook.com/JewbileeMusic. E-mail Jewbilee. (Shirel Smith)
New Zealand's Jews Brothers Band is beyond klezmer. No lead clarinet, no drumming, no romantic violin... these "brothers" (plus one "sister") just get down to it with blasting brass horn, chonking gypsy-style mandolin, pumping tea-chest bass, and vibrant melodicas and accordion...all aided and abetted by soulful 5-part vocals that sound as if they come straight out of a mediaeval synagogue. Web: www.jewsbrothers.com. E-mail the Jews Brothers. (Hershal)
Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, Petaluma, CA. Traditional klezmer music as well as a large repertoire of Israeli dance music. Also Yiddish vocals, swing and blues styles, and dance instruction. Lively, soulful music for weddings, b'nai mitzvah, celebrations and concerts. The ensemble performs in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Tel: (707)762-1070 / Cell: (707)217-6780. Web: www.jubileeklezmer.com. E-mail Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble.
Juez, based in Brooklyn, NY, is self-described as "breakbeat klezmer jazz;" they draw on klezmer modes in a unique exploration of jazz and progressive rock rhythms with influences ranging from Yemenite to hip hop. While their compositions are experimental, their sound isn't inaccessibly dissonant. It is this formulaic blending of styles and their exciting ridiculous antics on stage that gives this group such a wide appeal. Juez has performed with artists as diverse as: Satlah, Educated Consumers, Mattisyahu, 302 Acid, MC Son of Nun, and Gutbucket at locations ranging from the Hillel International, Art-O-Matic, Modular Mood Klezmer party, the Jewish Folk Arts Festival, University of Maryland, Harvard and The Knitting Factory. Web: modularmoods.com/juez.htm. E-mail Juez. (Erez (dj handler))